20 Hugely Popular Musicians Who Haven't Gotten Famous in America (Yet)

Superstars abroad, these artists haven't made much of a dent in the USA

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Eppu Normaali
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Eppu Normaali

Unlike their Scandinavian neighbors from Sweden – a nation that has given Americans ABBA, Robyn, Lykke Li and so many other mainstream musicians – Finnish artists have struggled to make inroads in the United States. While the Finnish death metal scene is legendary, and Americans may have casually heard of Hanoi Rocks, HIM, and Children of Bodom, not much else from over there is making it over here. Maybe it is because the Smurfs – yes, those little blue cartoon creatures – are among the top 10 best-selling musical artists ever in Finland. But the biggest-selling Finnish artist of all time? That's Eppu Normaali, a punk rock outfit that's been at it since the mid-Seventies. Check out "Tahdon sut," for a sampling of the sound that has captivated a nation better known for cellphones and a high standard of living. 

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